Om Swami has become widely recognized for his vibrant and joyful paintings of divinities—Ganesha, Shiva, Buddha and Krishna with Radha—as well as his paintings of couples basking in moments of togetherness and bliss. Across his various series, his surreal scenes often feature flutes, flowers, butterflies and a glowing moon.
“As a child, I grew up in an area where there were lots of workshops in which clay idols of Ganesha were made. Watching the potters for hours on end was something I loved doing and each time, I would head home after this to try and create the idols myself. This is how my fascination with Ganpatis started and continues on to this day,” he says of his most frequent subject, Lord Ganesha.